Global Patent Index - EP 2790489 A1

EP 2790489 A1 20141022 - APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING DELIVERY OF NUTRIENTS IN A HYDROPONICS SYSTEM

Title (en)

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING DELIVERY OF NUTRIENTS IN A HYDROPONICS SYSTEM

Title (de)

VORRICHTUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUR OPTIMIERUNG DER ZUFUHR VON NÄHRMITTELN IN EINEM HYDROKULTURENSYSTEM

Title (fr)

APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ D'OPTIMISATION DE DISTRIBUTION DE NUTRIMENTS DANS UN SYSTÈME HYDROPONIQUE

Publication

EP 2790489 A1 20141022 (EN)

Application

EP 12712852 A 20120329

Priority

  • US 201161569901 P 20111213
  • US 2012031119 W 20120329

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO2013089818A1] A method and apparatus for improving nutrient delivery to plants in a hydroponics system is disclosed. A farming assembly in accordance with the various embodiments of the present invention include a frame (18), a flume (12), and an adjuster (16). The frame is configured to hold a plurality of plants (14) in plant receiving positions above a flume, wherein the flume contains a liquid such as a water and nutrient solution. The adjuster controls the distance between the plurality of plants in the frame and the liquid in the flume by either raising the frame with respect to the flume, lowering the flume with respect to the frame, or utilizing a gate (36) as a dam within the flume. Thus, the various embodiments of the present invention adjust the ratio of roots (19) exposed to air or immersed in liquid. By controlling the distance between the liquid and the roots of the plants, the present invention allows the plants to receive exposure to the air for a certain amount of time (such as thirty minutes), and then, become immersed in the liquid for a certain amount of time, which has the effect of increasing nutrient delivery to the plants and increasing plant growth speed.

IPC 8 full level

A01G 31/02 (2006.01)

CPC (source: EP US)

A01G 7/045 (2013.01 - US); A01G 25/16 (2013.01 - US); A01G 31/00 (2013.01 - US); A01G 31/02 (2013.01 - EP US); G05B 15/02 (2013.01 - US); H05B 47/175 (2020.01 - US); Y02A 40/25 (2018.01 - US); Y02P 60/14 (2015.11 - US); Y02P 60/21 (2015.11 - EP US)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

DOCDB simple family (publication)

WO 2013089818 A1 20130620; AU 2012352887 A1 20140724; AU 2012352966 A1 20140703; AU 2012352973 A1 20140710; CA 2859165 A1 20130620; CA 2859171 A1 20130620; CA 2859177 A1 20130620; CN 104066316 A 20140924; CN 104066318 A 20140924; CN 104080330 A 20141001; EP 2790488 A1 20141022; EP 2790489 A1 20141022; EP 2790490 A1 20141022; HK 1202371 A1 20151002; HK 1202372 A1 20151002; HK 1202768 A1 20151009; JP 2015500040 A 20150105; JP 2015501655 A 20150119; JP 2015504656 A 20150216; SG 11201403186W A 20140730; SG 11201403188P A 20140730; SG 11201403189U A 20140730; US 2014352211 A1 20141204; US 2015005964 A1 20150101; US 2015113875 A1 20150430; WO 2013089825 A1 20130620; WO 2013089908 A1 20130620

DOCDB simple family (application)

US 2012031119 W 20120329; AU 2012352887 A 20121012; AU 2012352966 A 20120329; AU 2012352973 A 20120619; CA 2859165 A 20120329; CA 2859171 A 20120619; CA 2859177 A 20121012; CN 201280067922 A 20120619; CN 201280067970 A 20121012; CN 201280068237 A 20120329; EP 12712852 A 20120329; EP 12733287 A 20120619; EP 12795893 A 20121012; HK 15102997 A 20150324; HK 15102999 A 20150324; HK 15103328 A 20150401; JP 2014547186 A 20120329; JP 2014547188 A 20120619; JP 2014547225 A 20121012; SG 11201403186W A 20120619; SG 11201403188P A 20121012; SG 11201403189U A 20120329; US 2012043092 W 20120619; US 2012059933 W 20121012; US 201214365514 A 20120329; US 201214365561 A 20120619; US 201214365600 A 20121012